As much as I like photography, and taking photographs, I don’t discuss photography very much. The truth is I don’t really know much about photography and I am on a learning curve all the time. A few weeks ago a blogger friend asked me to do a blog post on a photo series of Black & White (B+W) photography together with its original coloured photo, which I will do in a few days time. However, regardless of this photo challenge, it’s the B+W photography that made me think.
I love colourful images, I love the vivid colour of landscape or expression of animals and even the vibrancy of a city, I love golden hour as well as blue hour in photography; I look at the formation of the clouds as well as the blueness of the sky. Not that I like HDR, but in short, I don’t enjoy looking at B+W photography, which also made me question my self of why would anyone like to do B+W photography? it’s so old-fashioned and anti technology?
The truth is a lot of people still like to have B+W photography, even some of my architect friends, most of them turned out to be passionate photographers, and are specializing in B+W.
Why did I write this? Actually this is my self-defense in not making a good B+W pictures, and correct me if I am wrong:
1. Not all images can make into a B+W images; some are better as colour images, here is an example:
2. Should I convert my colour images to B+W or should I not? Will the result be as vivid as the colour version? this another example:
I think sunset images make a bad B+W image. Check this out as well:
A lot of landscape pictures would not make it to B+W images due to the busy detail all over the frame as well as the tonal issue of the colour.
On the other hand architecture photography could make a good B+W images, as it tends to have a plain texture/surface with a contrast curve/angle that creates a good shadow and creates the depth of the space without the requirement of using an open wide aperture.
I have to accept that B+W makes better decoration for your room/ home compared to colourful landscape images
With that statement, its good to think in B+W and the contrast of the picture prior to shooting the image as you want the result to be B+W. Digital Photography School explains why you can’t just convert any picture to B+W here. which I never do this as I never aim to have B+W as the result.
Having said all that, I have to accept as well that B+W make better decoration for your room/home compared to colourfull landscape images, it’s more neutral, or at least according to me, it makes the whole house decoration look more elegant, but again, don’t mind me, this is only a rant of a soon to be retired architect. There is no definitive correct answer – it’s the one which looks best; it all depends of each of our tastes which one is more beautiful than the other. and its all in the eyes of the beholder….
Any body doesn’t agree with me? then please enlighten me, I would love to hear your opinion….